ESPN: Texas recruiting well enough for Playoff appearance

The Texas Longhorns’ excellent recruiting class this year should pay off in dividends very soon — perhaps even in the upcoming season.

ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren took a look at teams that have made the College Football Playoff in years past and how recruiting rankings figured into their success. He found that with the exception of three teams, each Playoff participant had a ranking average of 15 or better in the past four seasons.

This year, that group includes the Longhorns. Texas has an average class rank of 13.75, best in the Big 12. That includes the scarily good No. 3 class Tom Herman brought in for 2018.

“The Longhorns didn’t have the season they wanted, finishing 7-6 and losing to rival Oklahoma,” VanHaaren wrote. “However, the staff has quite a bit coming back, especially on offense, and is now adding the No. 3-ranked recruiting class.”

That class should help shore up Texas’ defense, as the Longhorns are bringing in highly-touted defensive backs like B.J. Foster and Caden Sterns. 

Texas fans expect to compete for a national title every season. That hasn’t been the case in recent years, but even in the tail end of the Charlie Strong regime, the Longhorns were bringing in strong recruits. Those players, now juniors and seniors, now have years of experience under their belts, and there’s a talented wave of prospects heading for Austin in the fall.

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